Chapter XVII

because you never know someone from the very beginning


December 2008

What Not To Do

It’s probably not a good idea to watch The Bucket List one day after what would have been your dad’s 74th birthday, almost two months after he died, during a highly sentimental, even without loss, holiday week. Like I just did. Silly girl! The Bucket List turns into The Kleenex Factory.

Avery Pic: Tilt for Cuteness



Still in CA, heading home today.  Overheard most while here "It's so COLD!"

More and more parents and students seem to be taking control of education and related information.  This,I think, is a good thing.

Pleased with the new Sec of Ed.

Got an upgrade for flight home.  Day is starting well.

Learnings recently: all sadness is not equal.  More on this later.

Did all of my Christmas shopping online. Crazy discounts!

Can you believe it's almost Christmas?

Have not heard anyone talk about 2009 resolutions yet.  Most people are still in survival mode, it seems.  But it might be healthy to actually think about what we can each be doing now to improve our lives.  Life goes on, so they say.


Oven on to 400. Oven proof pan on stove (pretty big pan) over medium-high heat. Add couple of Tbspns olive oil. Salt and pepper one side of four lamb chops. When pan is hot, add lamb chops, salt and pepper side down. Listen for sizzle. Salt and pepper the chops. While sizzling, chop an onion and two cloves garlic. After about 2 minutes, flip chops. Should be brown. While this side sizzles, open can of cannelini beans (28 oz or so), rinse and drain. Open 14 oz can diced tomatoes and 14 oz can unsalted chicken broth. Remove chops from pan onto plate. Turn down heat to medium. Add onion and garlic to pan. Prepare for a little sizzle/splattering. Add a little salt and pepper, stir around, let cook while you chop fresh rosemary (maybe 2 Tbspns). When onion starts to soften, add broth to pan. Scrape up brown bits (flavor!) from bottom of pan. Add can of beans, tomatoes and rosemary. Stir. Let it simmer. You want liquid to cook down a bit and flavors to combine. Should not boil, so adjust your heat down if needed. Should take about 5 minutes. Add lamb chops back to pan and throw the whole thing in the oven for about 5 minutes. While lamb is in the oven, chop about 3 Tbspns parsley (flat leaf), grate a garlic clove (small) onto this then zest a lemon onto this. Mix. Will smell fresh and delicious. Get lamb from oven. Two white plates (I like white plates)…put some tomato bean mix on each plate…put two lamb chops on top of beans…sprinkle with parsley (gremolata). Prepare for ooohs and ahhhs. Whole thing is pretty quick start to finish. Enjoy.

Heading Home on the Q

I wish men would take up a little less space on subway seats. Close your legs, just a tad, would ya? Dinner? Leftovers. I cannot believe it’s almost Christmas. At least the market did not tank today, and a friend kept his job at an i-bank doing layoffs. I wonder if my plug for made it onto the MTV led screen in Times Square? Is there a Knicks game tonight. Someone smells like sauerkraut. Started using today and am finding it really useful. Yeah! Heading over the Manhattan Bridge. Two people singing on the train…one praying. Almost everyone is looking at a screen. Ooooohhh, Top Chef tonight! If I were a thief I could snag this woman’s wallet. (tap tap tap). She appreciated the heads up and zipped her bag (CHECK for good deed of the day). Get to put Avery to bed tonight. First time since Sunday as I had plans the last two nights.

What I am thinking about today, so far

Comparative Literature

Wishing I had been in the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown.  Wondering if I can find its curriculum online.

Adding Richard III and Guns, Germs and Steel to my Amazon wishlist

Library science

Charter schools

Helping a burgeoning entrepreneur navigate her discussions with VCs

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